April 7 – 8, 2020 | Orillia, Ontario
Don’t miss the first-ever gathering of farmers, suppliers and researchers working in Canada’s freshwater aquaculture sector — low sodium guaranteed!
Tuesday, April 7
- Afternoon — Roundtable to define freshwater aquaculture challenges and priorities (all those working in freshwater aquaculture are invited to take part)
- 3:00 – 5:00pm — Annual General Meeting for the Ontario Aquaculture Association (OAA members only)
- 7:pm onwards — Our annual pre-conference tailgater social!
Wednesday, April 8
Conference day is open to all with an interest in freshwater aquaculture. Breakfast, lunch and social evenings are all part of the event.
- 8:00am — Breakfast
- 9:00am – 5:00pm — Conference day open to ALL with an interest in freshwater aquaculture.
- 5:30 – 6:30pm — Reception
- 7:00pm — Gala Dinner & Social Evening
Panels and presentations so far include:
- Chi-Naaknigewin: Understanding Indigenous governance and how it applies to aquaculture, Dawn Madahbee Leach, General Manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation
Theme 1: Fish Health
- Fish welfare: New considerations and the coming national code of practice for finfish
- Rich Moccia, Professor & Director, Aquaculture Centre, University of Guelph
- Caroline Ramsay, Code Manager, National Farm Animal Care Council
- Penny Lawlis, Lead Auditor, Professional Livestock Auditing Inc.
- Tools and techniques for delaying maturation in finfish, Marcia Chiasson, Manager, Alma Aquaculture Research Station
- Veterinary perspectives on preventative health strategies,
- Alexandra Reid, Lead Veterinarian Animal Health and Welfare, Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
- Mykolas Kamaitis, Veterinarian, Upper Grand Veterinary Services
- Véronique (Nikki) LePage, Veterinarian, LePage Aquatic Veterinary Services & Aquatic Animal Pathologist, Animal Health Lab, University of Guelph
Theme 2: The Marketplace
- The latest consumer trends in seafood, Ron Caudle, President, Caudles Catch Seafood
- Considering feed in marketing and certification decisions, Sarah Cook, Sales Manager, Skretting North America East
- Aquaculture in the classroom: AgScape’s new resources for teachers, Mercedes Unwin, Program and Resource Manager, AgScape
Theme 3: Technology and Science
- Implications of intensification on water flow and energy, Dan Stechey, President, Canadian Aquaculture Systems
- The bird feeder effect: net pens as sources of energy for wild fish populations, Neil Rooney, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
- Technology spotlight: Deep Trekker, Andrew Lawrence, Business Development Specialist Deep Trekker
- Understanding coho salmon, Sean Nepper, Director of Operations, Riverence
- Technology spotlight: ME-PRO, Mark Luecke, CEO, Prairie AquaTech
Theme 4: Enabling Our People
- Recruitment and retention: Tips, tricks and insights on getting and keeping staff, Jon Carter, Professor and Program Coordinator, Aquaculture, Fleming College and recent graduates
More to come! Do you have a session idea? Email RJ Taylor, OAA’s managing director, at email@example.com.
4432 Fern Resort Rd, Ramara, Ontario
One hour from Toronto’s Pearson Airport!
Fern Resort is family-owned, just like most of Canada’s freshwater aquaculture businesses! Known as the “Home of the Rolls & Honey”, the incredible meals, gorgeous views, fun activities and terrific service have kept guests coming back for generations.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of April 7 and 8 for $189/night + resort fees.
There are also several cottages for groups of 3 – 4. To request one, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Full Conference & Gala (Includes registration fee, all meals and social evening) — $229
- Discounted Conference (For speakers and ‘Individual’ OAA members) — $179
All corporate members of the Ontario Aquaculture Association receive TWO free registrations to the conference. Please sign up all additional registrants at the discounted rate.